Moorish Morocco April 2025

A$5,850
NEW
A$5,850
NEW

At the crossroads of Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Morocco is a melting pot of culture and custom.

You can feel it in the bustle of the crowded souqs and you can taste it in every aromatic tajine. It’s floating in the air above the High Atlas Mountains and it’s caught in the grains of the endless Sahara. It’s a vibrancy, an urgency, an assault on the senses.

It is the essence of Morocco. Play it again, Sam.

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Thursday 10th April 2025

CASABLANCA (D)

Welcome to Casablanca! Upon arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day at leisure, before our welcome dinner that evening, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and Tour Host. If you arrive with time to spare, then a visit to the art deco Villa des Arts is well worth it. This gorgeous gallery dates back to the 1930s and holds numerous exhibitions of contemporary Moroccan and international art. Or discover a unique and fascinating part of Moroccan history at the Museum of Judaism. Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with our guide and Two’s a Crowd tour host.

Your own room at ‘Gray Boutique Hotel’ or similar


Day 2 – Friday 11th April 2025

CASABLANCA – RABAT (B)

After breakfast Casablanca beckons and we set off on a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993, this extraordinary monument was the late king’s most ambitious project and his legacy to the city. Its 200m-high minaret is the tallest in the world. Hassan II Mosque can accommodate 25,000 worshippers and is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims. Next we take a drive to Rabat. Rabat’s history is long and colourful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and more recently the Moroccan parliament. Spend a few hours strolling through the city’s old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards head to your hotel to spend the night in Rabat.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Gardenia’ or similar


Day 3 – Saturday 12th April 2025

MEKNES – VOLUBILIS – FES (B/L)

This morning head to Meknes (approx. 2 hours), the sixth largest city in the kingdom, and former capitol of Morocco. In the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismail turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city. Visit his immense Heri es Souani Granary, a mammoth architectural feat, and the city’s now crumbling imperial palaces. Try a camel burger for lunch at a friendly local restaurant in the medina. Later we board a private minibus and travel through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site of Volubilis. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. We’ll take a tour around the ruins with a local guide. Don’t forget your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. Next, we head to Fes, where we’ll spend the next two nights. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming—a visual and pungent feast for the senses—with a huge, well-preserved medieval old city that’s the mother of all medinas.

Your own room at ‘Hotel l’escale’ or similar


Day 4 – Sunday 13th April 2025

FES (B/D) 

Today we enjoy a walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Pass donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. We’ll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner of Moroccan specialty—the famous chicken pastilla!

Your own room at ‘Hotel l’escale’ or similar


Day 5 – Monday 14th April 2025

MIDELT (B/D) 

Today we leave the intensity of the city behind for the grandeur of the High Atlas Mountains. We drive south, inland through a variety of spectacular scenery— fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes—to the small town of Midelt (approx. 3.5 hrs). Midelt is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area, and is nestled between the Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains at an elevation of just over 1,500m. It’s a perfect spot to break up the journey to the Sahara, and is a great base for some easy walks. Many of the locals are Berber, and the town can offer an insight into their way of life. After lunch, stretch your legs for a few hours on an easy walk in the nearby hills. Be prepared for some astonishing views of the Atlas Mountains, with snowy peaks almost touching the sky. Wander through plantations of apple trees on the way back to your accommodation for a relaxing evening.

Your own room at ‘Ksar Timnay’ or similar


Day 6 – Tuesday 15th April 2025

MERZOUGA DESERT (B/D)

This morning there’s time to haggle for carpets (mainly Kilims), take another refreshing walk, or visit a nearby Franciscan convent where local girls and women learn weaving, tapestry and embroidery before we set off on our journey to Merzouga. With a backdrop of the orange-colored Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the charming Saharan village of Merzouga feels wonderfully isolated, like the modern world has left it behind. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country and an essential part of any visit to Morocco. An erg is a vast sea of shifting wind-swept sand that’s formed into picturesque, undulating crests and valleys. The Erg Chebbi is one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 150m in height. Located at the end of a sealed road and just 20km from the Algerian border this really feels like frontier country. We’ll take a 4WD and enjoy a spectacular Saharan sunset along the way. The dunes are stunning, especially as the evening light plays across them and sets off the colours. Tonight, we’ll camp in traditional style, with the chance to try some fantastic local cuisine while we sit around an open fire, enjoying lively music, drumming, Bedouin stories and some dancing under the stars.

Note: The camp is set up for private use of our group. We’ll enjoy the comfort of private tents, with proper size standing beds, coffee table and chairs. Each tent has a private shower and toilet provided. While there is also a dining tent provided, most travelers prefer to dine outside, under the stars and sitting around an open fire. Blankets and mattresses are provided for warmth and comfort. The entire camp is set up by our crew while you relax and enjoy the mighty Sahara Desert.

Your own room at ‘Golden luxury camp’ or similar


Day 7 –  Wednesday 16th April 2025

TODRA GORGE – DADES VALLEY (B/D)

Enjoy a real Lawrence of Arabia moment this morning with a sunrise camel ride across the desert on the return journey to the auberge. Then drive to Todra Gorge (approx. 4.5 hrs), a massive trench that rises over 250m to form one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco. The limestone stacks make a perfect area for trekking, and so today we’ll take a short walk through the sheer cliffs, before continuing on to the beautiful Dades Valley, where we’ll stop for a break and have some time to take in the remarkable scenery—sprawling green valleys and rocks sculpted into stunning formations by the wind.

Your own room at ‘Xaluxa Dades Hotel’ or similar


Day 8 – Thursday 17th April 2025

AIT BENHADOU (B)

Today we head to Ait Benhaddou. The scenic drive will take us past ancient kasbah ruins, former colonial military outposts, austere mountains and valleys of palm trees and irrigated fields. We stop for for lunch in Ouarzazate, where productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky and Black Hawk Down were filmed. Then we head to Ait Benhaddou. Centuries ago, this was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah, a fine example of clay architecture, has been listed as a World Heritage site. In the late afternoon walk through the winding streets of the Old Town, making your way to the top of the hill for some scenic views, before visiting Tawesna – a local teahouse on the river – for a tasty Mint tea with some Moroccan sweets.  This community-run establishment provides women with a small income to support themselves and their children, and they have great pride in preparing tea and pastries from natural ingredients sourced from local cooperatives.

Your own room at ‘Ksar Ighnda’ or similar


Day 9 – Friday 18th April 2025

MARRAKECH (B)

Today we drive through the winding roads of the Atlas, bound for Marrakech, an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. The scenery through the High Atlas Mountain pass is magnificent, and there are plenty of opportunities to grab a photo along the way. This evening, we head to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls it transforms into a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. Enjoy a dinner on this magical square with your new friends on one of the outdoor street food vendors and then finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.

Your own room at ‘Bab Hotel’ or similar


Day 10 – Saturday 19th April 2025

MARRAKECH (B)

After breakfast we set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. 

Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including La Giralda in Seville. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. 

The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Perhaps visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle or check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, or head back into the medina and watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco.

Your own room at ‘Bab Hotel’ or similar


Day 11 – Sunday 20th April 2025

ESSAOUIRA (B)

Today we head westwards towards the Atlantic Coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira, a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. This artists’ town was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations, and its charm has seduced people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix. It is one of North Africa’s most attractive places, and you will soon find yourself slipping into the easy-going rhythm. Join a local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and skala (sea wall). The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration. Their size discourages cars, and on a walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and there’s much fun to be had observing the daily catch and its subsequent auction. Your riad is beautifully designed and decorated in traditional Moroccan style, cozy yet historical and has a great view. This is likely to be one of the most memorable stays of your journey!.

Your own room at ‘Palais des Remparts’ or similar


Day 12 – Monday 21st April 2025

CASABLANCA (B/D)

This morning there’s time for a walk by the beach or to admire the medina before departing to Casablanca where you’ll spend your last night on this magical journey. Tonight we gather for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Your own room at ‘Gray Boutique Hotel’ or similar


Day 13 – Tuesday 22nd April 2025

CASABLANCA (B)

After breakfast our tour ends as we transfer to the airport for our flight home, or onwards for further adventures. Alternately we can organise for you to stay for a night or more longer in Casablanca if you wish.

 

TOUR PRICING: A$5,850  

TOUR DATES: 10TH – 22ND APRIL 2025

Gray Boutique Hotel

Gray Boutique Hotel Casablanca offers a 600 m² spa and elegant suites with views over the Triangle d’Or district of Casablanca with its many boutiques. It is located 25 km from Mohamed V Airport. ach air-conditioned suite offers a balcony and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available and the restaurant Gray Lounge serves a range of local and international specialties. Upon arrival guests receive a welcome drink and they can relax in the lounge bar. Relaxing body treatments are available in the hotel’s spa, and guests are free to visit the gym. Other services include a foreign exchange bureau. The Hassan II Mosque is only 2 km from this boutique hotel. The hotel is 8 minutes by car from Casa Port Train Station and a 7-minute car ride to the Royal Anfa Golf course.

Hotel Gardenia

Set among shops and restaurants in the Agdal district, this informal hotel is 5 km from Chellah, a medieval fortress with landscaped gardens, and 3 km from the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. It’s 16 km from Rabat Sale Airport. Relaxed, understated rooms feature Wi-Fi, smart TVs and minibars, as well as tea and coffeemakers. Some offer balconies. Suites provide living rooms with pull-out sofas. Amenities include a streamlined Mediterranean restaurant, and a terrace with a cafe/bar. 

Hotel L’Escale

Art Deco Inspiration….. is what makes us that bit more special and unique. The hôtel l’escale has recently opened his doors in January 2017. At the heart of the Imperial City of Fez,The hotel L’Escale is perfectly situated for the Shopping Center (Fez Mall), Business Center and Saiss Airport is Just 11.3 km from the property. Decorated with original artwork, large windows allowing to admire exciting street views. A very warm and friendly welcome awaits you at The hotel L’Escale. Feel like home in one of our elegant rooms, rich in glamour and timeless elegance, will be equipped with the best entertainment facilities and stocked with luxurious toiletries. Family-friendly hotel we take special care of our younger guests. You can be sure that your whole family will receive our unparalleled service throughout your stay. Featuring Free WiFi, a Restaurant and Free private parking is available on site, The hotel L’Escale offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Let us make your stay special.

Ksar Timnay

Ksar Timnay Hotel is a 15-minute walk from Timnay Ecological Park and 5 km from Berber villages. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi access. The spacious suites include a seating area and a minibar. All the suites feature traditional Moroccan décor and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is offered daily at the guest house. Guests can also get Moroccan and international dishes at the guest house.

Golden Camp

Golden Camp is a family-run camp and each of the team members are carefully chosen to guarantee the best service for our clients. All our staff is multilingual in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian languages. All the team that forms the Golden Camp welcomes you to make your stay unforgettable. From the Reservations Department, to the staff of the Camp we will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have about your stay. You can contact us at any time.

Xaluxa Dades Hotel

Overlooking the Dadès Valley in the Atlas Mountains, this chic hotel in a Berber-style (traditional Moorish architecture) building offers direct access to hiking trails. Exotic rooms with exposed stone walls and wood-beamed ceilings offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Suites add separate, plush living rooms, as well as terraces featuring hot tubs overlooking the valley. Amenities include a sophisticated lounge, and posh, colorful dining options, some of which offer terraces and valley views. There’s also a spa, and an outdoor pool with lounge chairs and a hot tub.

Ksar Ighnda

Hotel Riad Ksar Ighnda promises a unique stay on the fringes of the desert, less than an hour away from Ouarzazate airport. Designed like a typical riad, the hotel offers all modern facilities while seamlessly blending in with its surroundings. Rest in cozy ensuite rooms featuring intricately detailed ceilings and modern amenities such as WiFi, TV and a minibar. In your free time, amble over to the outdoor pool surrounded by a beautiful garden. Be pampered with a session at the spa that houses a hammam and a Jacuzzi. At your own pace, explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ksar Ait Benhaddou nearby. Return to the comfort of your hotel and indulge yourself with a cool cocktail from the bar. Savor fine Moroccan meals at the restaurant or on the terrace which offers panoramic views of the surroundings.

Bab Hotel

This ultra-chic, contemporary boutique hotel is in the trendy neighborhood of Guéliz, surrounded by art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars. All-white, streamlined rooms have wood floors, and come with minibars, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms add Nespresso machines, while suites have sitting areas and balconies. There’s a gourmet restaurant with several stylish dining rooms and a patio. Other amenities include a posh spa, and a rooftop bar serving cocktails and light fare.

Palais des Remparts

Set in a converted 18th-century townhouse within the medieval medina walls, this upscale hotel is a 1-minute walk from the history exhibits at Musée Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah and a 7-minute walk from Essaouira Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Refined rooms with traditional Moroccan-style furnishings and architectural details have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus en suite bathrooms with mosaic tiles; some feature ocean views. Suites, some split-level, add separate living areas. There’s a traditional Moroccan restaurant with a terrace offering panoramic ocean views.

Weather
While the coastal areas have a pleasant Mediterranean climate year-round, inland the temperature is hotter, drier and continental in nature. From October to April it averages 30C during the day and 15C at night in the lowlands. The southern desert areas are extremely hot and dry most of the time, though the nights can get very cold. The mountain regions are cool to cold in summer and it usually snows from December to March.

Currency
Morocco’s basic unit of currency is the dirham (dh). It is divided into 100 centimes (c). Centimes exchange hands at market places more often than dirhams. This money is available in 10c, 20c, 50c, 1dh, 5dh, 10dh (all coins) and 10dh, 20dh, 50dh, 100dh and 200dh (all notes). There are usually foreign exchange shops in the seaports and airports of Morocco. Traveler’s checks can be quite useless as they can only normally be exchanged at the bank which makes them an inconvenience for the average person in Morocco. Many of the classier hotels support credit cards and most major banks have ATM machines.

Electricity
The current in most of Morocco is 220v. Sockets have two round pins so bring an adaptor for your laptop, mobile phone chargers etc.

Visas

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements can change at any time and some countries may alter their COVID-19 testing entry requirements. Please contact your relevant Visa authority for the most up to date information applicable to you.

Australians and citizens of the United States, Canada and New Zealand, require a passport but no visa for entry into Morocco, and can stay as a tourist for up to 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before your date of entry. Visa requirements do change, and it’s always advisable to check the current situation before leaving home.

In Morocco, entry formalities are fairly straightforward, though you will have to fill in a form stating personal details, purpose of visit and your profession. In the past, Moroccan authorities have shown an occasional reluctance to allow in those who categorize themselves as “journalist”; an alternative profession on the form might be wise.

 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in your own room
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, S=supper)
  • Return transfers from airport to hotel at the start and end of the tour
  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide throughout
  • All sightseeing, guided tours, and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Solo room – always!

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International/domestic flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs, and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Any tours listed as “Optional Tours” (and are subject to change, depending on weather and schedule changes)
  • Gratuities (optional)

At the crossroads of Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Morocco is a melting pot of culture and custom.

You can feel it in the bustle of the crowded souqs and you can taste it in every aromatic tajine. It’s floating in the air above the High Atlas Mountains and it’s caught in the grains of the endless Sahara. It’s a vibrancy, an urgency, an assault on the senses.

It is the essence of Morocco. Play it again, Sam.

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Thursday 10th April 2025

CASABLANCA (D)

Welcome to Casablanca! Upon arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day at leisure, before our welcome dinner that evening, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and Tour Host. If you arrive with time to spare, then a visit to the art deco Villa des Arts is well worth it. This gorgeous gallery dates back to the 1930s and holds numerous exhibitions of contemporary Moroccan and international art. Or discover a unique and fascinating part of Moroccan history at the Museum of Judaism. Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with our guide and Two’s a Crowd tour host.

Your own room at ‘Gray Boutique Hotel’ or similar


Day 2 – Friday 11th April 2025

CASABLANCA – RABAT (B)

After breakfast Casablanca beckons and we set off on a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993, this extraordinary monument was the late king’s most ambitious project and his legacy to the city. Its 200m-high minaret is the tallest in the world. Hassan II Mosque can accommodate 25,000 worshippers and is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims. Next we take a drive to Rabat. Rabat’s history is long and colourful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and more recently the Moroccan parliament. Spend a few hours strolling through the city’s old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards head to your hotel to spend the night in Rabat.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Gardenia’ or similar


Day 3 – Saturday 12th April 2025

MEKNES – VOLUBILIS – FES (B/L)

This morning head to Meknes (approx. 2 hours), the sixth largest city in the kingdom, and former capitol of Morocco. In the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismail turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city. Visit his immense Heri es Souani Granary, a mammoth architectural feat, and the city’s now crumbling imperial palaces. Try a camel burger for lunch at a friendly local restaurant in the medina. Later we board a private minibus and travel through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site of Volubilis. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. We’ll take a tour around the ruins with a local guide. Don’t forget your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. Next, we head to Fes, where we’ll spend the next two nights. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming—a visual and pungent feast for the senses—with a huge, well-preserved medieval old city that’s the mother of all medinas.

Your own room at ‘Hotel l’escale’ or similar


Day 4 – Sunday 13th April 2025

FES (B/D) 

Today we enjoy a walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Pass donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. We’ll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner of Moroccan specialty—the famous chicken pastilla!

Your own room at ‘Hotel l’escale’ or similar


Day 5 – Monday 14th April 2025

MIDELT (B/D) 

Today we leave the intensity of the city behind for the grandeur of the High Atlas Mountains. We drive south, inland through a variety of spectacular scenery— fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes—to the small town of Midelt (approx. 3.5 hrs). Midelt is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area, and is nestled between the Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains at an elevation of just over 1,500m. It’s a perfect spot to break up the journey to the Sahara, and is a great base for some easy walks. Many of the locals are Berber, and the town can offer an insight into their way of life. After lunch, stretch your legs for a few hours on an easy walk in the nearby hills. Be prepared for some astonishing views of the Atlas Mountains, with snowy peaks almost touching the sky. Wander through plantations of apple trees on the way back to your accommodation for a relaxing evening.

Your own room at ‘Ksar Timnay’ or similar


Day 6 – Tuesday 15th April 2025

MERZOUGA DESERT (B/D)

This morning there’s time to haggle for carpets (mainly Kilims), take another refreshing walk, or visit a nearby Franciscan convent where local girls and women learn weaving, tapestry and embroidery before we set off on our journey to Merzouga. With a backdrop of the orange-colored Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the charming Saharan village of Merzouga feels wonderfully isolated, like the modern world has left it behind. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country and an essential part of any visit to Morocco. An erg is a vast sea of shifting wind-swept sand that’s formed into picturesque, undulating crests and valleys. The Erg Chebbi is one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 150m in height. Located at the end of a sealed road and just 20km from the Algerian border this really feels like frontier country. We’ll take a 4WD and enjoy a spectacular Saharan sunset along the way. The dunes are stunning, especially as the evening light plays across them and sets off the colours. Tonight, we’ll camp in traditional style, with the chance to try some fantastic local cuisine while we sit around an open fire, enjoying lively music, drumming, Bedouin stories and some dancing under the stars.

Note: The camp is set up for private use of our group. We’ll enjoy the comfort of private tents, with proper size standing beds, coffee table and chairs. Each tent has a private shower and toilet provided. While there is also a dining tent provided, most travelers prefer to dine outside, under the stars and sitting around an open fire. Blankets and mattresses are provided for warmth and comfort. The entire camp is set up by our crew while you relax and enjoy the mighty Sahara Desert.

Your own room at ‘Golden luxury camp’ or similar


Day 7 –  Wednesday 16th April 2025

TODRA GORGE – DADES VALLEY (B/D)

Enjoy a real Lawrence of Arabia moment this morning with a sunrise camel ride across the desert on the return journey to the auberge. Then drive to Todra Gorge (approx. 4.5 hrs), a massive trench that rises over 250m to form one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco. The limestone stacks make a perfect area for trekking, and so today we’ll take a short walk through the sheer cliffs, before continuing on to the beautiful Dades Valley, where we’ll stop for a break and have some time to take in the remarkable scenery—sprawling green valleys and rocks sculpted into stunning formations by the wind.

Your own room at ‘Xaluxa Dades Hotel’ or similar


Day 8 – Thursday 17th April 2025

AIT BENHADOU (B)

Today we head to Ait Benhaddou. The scenic drive will take us past ancient kasbah ruins, former colonial military outposts, austere mountains and valleys of palm trees and irrigated fields. We stop for for lunch in Ouarzazate, where productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky and Black Hawk Down were filmed. Then we head to Ait Benhaddou. Centuries ago, this was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah, a fine example of clay architecture, has been listed as a World Heritage site. In the late afternoon walk through the winding streets of the Old Town, making your way to the top of the hill for some scenic views, before visiting Tawesna – a local teahouse on the river – for a tasty Mint tea with some Moroccan sweets.  This community-run establishment provides women with a small income to support themselves and their children, and they have great pride in preparing tea and pastries from natural ingredients sourced from local cooperatives.

Your own room at ‘Ksar Ighnda’ or similar


Day 9 – Friday 18th April 2025

MARRAKECH (B)

Today we drive through the winding roads of the Atlas, bound for Marrakech, an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. The scenery through the High Atlas Mountain pass is magnificent, and there are plenty of opportunities to grab a photo along the way. This evening, we head to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls it transforms into a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. Enjoy a dinner on this magical square with your new friends on one of the outdoor street food vendors and then finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.

Your own room at ‘Bab Hotel’ or similar


Day 10 – Saturday 19th April 2025

MARRAKECH (B)

After breakfast we set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. 

Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including La Giralda in Seville. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. 

The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Perhaps visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle or check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, or head back into the medina and watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco.

Your own room at ‘Bab Hotel’ or similar


Day 11 – Sunday 20th April 2025

ESSAOUIRA (B)

Today we head westwards towards the Atlantic Coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira, a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. This artists’ town was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations, and its charm has seduced people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix. It is one of North Africa’s most attractive places, and you will soon find yourself slipping into the easy-going rhythm. Join a local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and skala (sea wall). The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration. Their size discourages cars, and on a walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and there’s much fun to be had observing the daily catch and its subsequent auction. Your riad is beautifully designed and decorated in traditional Moroccan style, cozy yet historical and has a great view. This is likely to be one of the most memorable stays of your journey!.

Your own room at ‘Palais des Remparts’ or similar


Day 12 – Monday 21st April 2025

CASABLANCA (B/D)

This morning there’s time for a walk by the beach or to admire the medina before departing to Casablanca where you’ll spend your last night on this magical journey. Tonight we gather for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Your own room at ‘Gray Boutique Hotel’ or similar


Day 13 – Tuesday 22nd April 2025

CASABLANCA (B)

After breakfast our tour ends as we transfer to the airport for our flight home, or onwards for further adventures. Alternately we can organise for you to stay for a night or more longer in Casablanca if you wish.

 

TOUR PRICING: A$5,850  

TOUR DATES: 10TH – 22ND APRIL 2025

Gray Boutique Hotel

Gray Boutique Hotel Casablanca offers a 600 m² spa and elegant suites with views over the Triangle d’Or district of Casablanca with its many boutiques. It is located 25 km from Mohamed V Airport. ach air-conditioned suite offers a balcony and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available and the restaurant Gray Lounge serves a range of local and international specialties. Upon arrival guests receive a welcome drink and they can relax in the lounge bar. Relaxing body treatments are available in the hotel’s spa, and guests are free to visit the gym. Other services include a foreign exchange bureau. The Hassan II Mosque is only 2 km from this boutique hotel. The hotel is 8 minutes by car from Casa Port Train Station and a 7-minute car ride to the Royal Anfa Golf course.

Hotel Gardenia

Set among shops and restaurants in the Agdal district, this informal hotel is 5 km from Chellah, a medieval fortress with landscaped gardens, and 3 km from the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. It’s 16 km from Rabat Sale Airport. Relaxed, understated rooms feature Wi-Fi, smart TVs and minibars, as well as tea and coffeemakers. Some offer balconies. Suites provide living rooms with pull-out sofas. Amenities include a streamlined Mediterranean restaurant, and a terrace with a cafe/bar. 

Hotel L’Escale

Art Deco Inspiration….. is what makes us that bit more special and unique. The hôtel l’escale has recently opened his doors in January 2017. At the heart of the Imperial City of Fez,The hotel L’Escale is perfectly situated for the Shopping Center (Fez Mall), Business Center and Saiss Airport is Just 11.3 km from the property. Decorated with original artwork, large windows allowing to admire exciting street views. A very warm and friendly welcome awaits you at The hotel L’Escale. Feel like home in one of our elegant rooms, rich in glamour and timeless elegance, will be equipped with the best entertainment facilities and stocked with luxurious toiletries. Family-friendly hotel we take special care of our younger guests. You can be sure that your whole family will receive our unparalleled service throughout your stay. Featuring Free WiFi, a Restaurant and Free private parking is available on site, The hotel L’Escale offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Let us make your stay special.

Ksar Timnay

Ksar Timnay Hotel is a 15-minute walk from Timnay Ecological Park and 5 km from Berber villages. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi access. The spacious suites include a seating area and a minibar. All the suites feature traditional Moroccan décor and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is offered daily at the guest house. Guests can also get Moroccan and international dishes at the guest house.

Golden Camp

Golden Camp is a family-run camp and each of the team members are carefully chosen to guarantee the best service for our clients. All our staff is multilingual in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian languages. All the team that forms the Golden Camp welcomes you to make your stay unforgettable. From the Reservations Department, to the staff of the Camp we will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have about your stay. You can contact us at any time.

Xaluxa Dades Hotel

Overlooking the Dadès Valley in the Atlas Mountains, this chic hotel in a Berber-style (traditional Moorish architecture) building offers direct access to hiking trails. Exotic rooms with exposed stone walls and wood-beamed ceilings offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Suites add separate, plush living rooms, as well as terraces featuring hot tubs overlooking the valley. Amenities include a sophisticated lounge, and posh, colorful dining options, some of which offer terraces and valley views. There’s also a spa, and an outdoor pool with lounge chairs and a hot tub.

Ksar Ighnda

Hotel Riad Ksar Ighnda promises a unique stay on the fringes of the desert, less than an hour away from Ouarzazate airport. Designed like a typical riad, the hotel offers all modern facilities while seamlessly blending in with its surroundings. Rest in cozy ensuite rooms featuring intricately detailed ceilings and modern amenities such as WiFi, TV and a minibar. In your free time, amble over to the outdoor pool surrounded by a beautiful garden. Be pampered with a session at the spa that houses a hammam and a Jacuzzi. At your own pace, explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ksar Ait Benhaddou nearby. Return to the comfort of your hotel and indulge yourself with a cool cocktail from the bar. Savor fine Moroccan meals at the restaurant or on the terrace which offers panoramic views of the surroundings.

Bab Hotel

This ultra-chic, contemporary boutique hotel is in the trendy neighborhood of Guéliz, surrounded by art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars. All-white, streamlined rooms have wood floors, and come with minibars, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms add Nespresso machines, while suites have sitting areas and balconies. There’s a gourmet restaurant with several stylish dining rooms and a patio. Other amenities include a posh spa, and a rooftop bar serving cocktails and light fare.

Palais des Remparts

Set in a converted 18th-century townhouse within the medieval medina walls, this upscale hotel is a 1-minute walk from the history exhibits at Musée Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah and a 7-minute walk from Essaouira Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Refined rooms with traditional Moroccan-style furnishings and architectural details have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus en suite bathrooms with mosaic tiles; some feature ocean views. Suites, some split-level, add separate living areas. There’s a traditional Moroccan restaurant with a terrace offering panoramic ocean views.

Weather
While the coastal areas have a pleasant Mediterranean climate year-round, inland the temperature is hotter, drier and continental in nature. From October to April it averages 30C during the day and 15C at night in the lowlands. The southern desert areas are extremely hot and dry most of the time, though the nights can get very cold. The mountain regions are cool to cold in summer and it usually snows from December to March.

Currency
Morocco’s basic unit of currency is the dirham (dh). It is divided into 100 centimes (c). Centimes exchange hands at market places more often than dirhams. This money is available in 10c, 20c, 50c, 1dh, 5dh, 10dh (all coins) and 10dh, 20dh, 50dh, 100dh and 200dh (all notes). There are usually foreign exchange shops in the seaports and airports of Morocco. Traveler’s checks can be quite useless as they can only normally be exchanged at the bank which makes them an inconvenience for the average person in Morocco. Many of the classier hotels support credit cards and most major banks have ATM machines.

Electricity
The current in most of Morocco is 220v. Sockets have two round pins so bring an adaptor for your laptop, mobile phone chargers etc.

Visas

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements can change at any time and some countries may alter their COVID-19 testing entry requirements. Please contact your relevant Visa authority for the most up to date information applicable to you.

Australians and citizens of the United States, Canada and New Zealand, require a passport but no visa for entry into Morocco, and can stay as a tourist for up to 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before your date of entry. Visa requirements do change, and it’s always advisable to check the current situation before leaving home.

In Morocco, entry formalities are fairly straightforward, though you will have to fill in a form stating personal details, purpose of visit and your profession. In the past, Moroccan authorities have shown an occasional reluctance to allow in those who categorize themselves as “journalist”; an alternative profession on the form might be wise.

 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in your own room
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, S=supper)
  • Return transfers from airport to hotel at the start and end of the tour
  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide throughout
  • All sightseeing, guided tours, and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Solo room – always!

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International/domestic flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs, and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Any tours listed as “Optional Tours” (and are subject to change, depending on weather and schedule changes)
  • Gratuities (optional)

 

 

What Our Clients Say

Isabella
I love the fact that it’s only a small group of travellers which we all got on with each other. Having a room to yourself is great, I used to share before and it does not work out most of the time. Love the fact that you don’t need to get up so early to start the day. Loved all the Riad we stayed at, the food was good. Gillian was very caring and looked after everyone. Mohammed our tour guide was caring funny and knew every there was about Morocco, I would have him again.
Kristen
It was a wonderful experience. We saw thing and places that were "off the beaten track" and they made some of the more uncomfortable bits all worthwhile. Having a Berber host in Mohummad was so worthwhile. He gave us access to so many unusual spots. He was very knowledgeable as well. I'd definitely go back. The riads were exceptional.
Janet
Tour leader Gillian could not have been a more professional, kind, cheerful (and always elegant) host. Mohamed was an excellent and extremely well-informed guide (although one would expect no less) with good English and a sense of humour
Tamar
It was a very enjoyable trip. Nice travelling in a smaller group as this allowed us to access and stay in riads rather than large commercial hotels. Our tour guide Mohammad was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about our tour
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